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Who’s the Douche?

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Updated: April 8, 2012

By RU Rob

Over the last couple of weeks the names Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman have been a flashpoint of controversy on race relations, gun rights, police investigations and media matters.  Theirs is a story that remains somewhat unclear and the events that took place on February 26, 2012 may never be fully known.  Regardless of the outcome of the impending investigations and subsequent trials, both civil and criminal, there are specific events that have taken place in the media to fuel this public rage.  These are my opinions of the entire situation and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Rhino Den, Ranger Up or anyone else who has half a brain.

Let us start with the imagery you see every time you read a newspaper, online news story or watch a televised news piece.  Why is it that the only photos you see are that of Trayvon Martin as a 12-13 year old looking all cute while rocking a Hollister shirt and George Zimmerman in a dated mug shot, appearing sullen and noticeably heavier, for a crime that was later dismissed?  Someone somewhere is already swaying your opinion.  You may not immediately notice it but your thoughts will lean to the fact that Zimmerman looks like a thug and Martin is just a little boy. 

Would your opinion of the two be changed if the first images you viewed were of the following?  I bet they would.  Amazing how a couple of years can change from “cutsie” to “typical teen” and “criminal” to “professional”, isn’t it. Your subliminal mind is sensitive to imagery and photo editors know that.

The rush to judgment and the accelerated need to sensationalize a story are stereotypical of the news media.  More often than not it isn’t about the accuracy of the story but more about who can get it out first.  In today’s computer era where information is available at a touch of a button most anywhere on earth it is that competition for “breaking headlines” that win the ratings and the advertising dollar.  An example of this is the surveillance video from the police station of when George Zimmerman arrived via police car.  One news outlet claimed that there were no visible injuries to the back of the head, as Zimmerman and the police report claimed, and that this was the “smoking gun” that Zimmerman was a liar about the incident.  However, a day later and after digital enhancement, another outlet claimed that there was, in fact, video evidence of the wounds to the back of Zimmerman’s head.  All of this incorrect information is just creating public confusion and animosity and, quite honestly, hindering the possibility for a fair trial.

Another thing that gets my goat is the totally off base interviews that are being conducted by individuals that have nothing to do with the investigation.  Can anyone please tell me what a Funeral Director has to do with any of this?  Yes, I watched in complete astonishment that one news channel actually had the gall to interview a Funeral Director as to what a deceased body would look like after a physical struggle.  Have the authorities not already collected the necessary evidence from the deceased?  Is a Funeral Director really going to be that well versed in the forensics of a physical struggle?

Lastly, and this pisses me off more than anything.  Why is it that we have a class of pseudo-stars, you know, people who at one point in their lives had a moment of fame but now leach on to anything newsworthy to get their name back into the headlines for the sole purpose of sucking more money from the hard working women and men of the U.S. to “fund” their usually extreme way of thinking?  Often times they are quicker to jump on the bandwagon than the media, can anyone say “Spike Lee?” People, especially has-beens, need to learn that sometimes “silence is misunderstood, but never misquoted.”

There are a lot of things that don’t add up for me in this case, on both sides.  While I understand that many of you are going to automatically think that I believe that Zimmerman is innocent in the murder of Martin, I don’t.  You see, not only is this a lesson in how the media can spin a story to meet their professional goals, it is just as possible for an individual to do the same thing based on their beliefs and values.  I didn’t come to this conclusion until just now as I was proofing this piece, but to someone who does not know me it would seem that I am backing Zimmerman.  The point I am trying to make is that there is a slant to everything.  Don’t rush to judge, as you may just be wrong.

On that note, what say you Ranger Up Nation…who is the Douche here…Zimmerman… Martin…or the Media?

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  1. Logan F Crooks

    April 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    The douche SO FAR is the media and also Zimmerman, IF convicted.

    • David Beadle

      April 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

      O.J. Simpson wasn’t convicted, didn’t change the fact that he more than likely was guilty. Remember that.

      • Frank

        July 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

        The difference between Zimmerman and O.J. is O.J. denied it while he murdered in cold blood and Zimmerman admitted to killing in self-defense. The media has always been douchey. So I’d say Martin is douche of the week for being just another fuckin punk kid that was most likely gonna be killed by gang bangers anyways.

        • Chuck

          July 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

          AGREED..

  2. Pat Knights

    April 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I believe the douche here is the media. I’m not sure what happened, I wasn’t there at all, hell, I live in Pittsburgh for Christ’s sake… What I’m sick of is the fact that we seem to love convicting people before the trial actually happens. Innocent until proven guilty is just a saying anymore and I’m tired of it. The media, with the public’s help, has already tried and convicted Zimmerman of the crime and that’s just wrong. If proven innocent, then he’ll have a hell of a time rebuilding his life.

  3. Antonio Aguilar

    April 9, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Media… whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty…

  4. Dan Carp

    April 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I’m leaning towards the side of Zimmerman being the douche, taking everything into account, solely for the (as yet un-contradicted) point that the 911 dispatcher told him not to follow Martin and he did anyways. Zimmerman sounds like a typical ‘neighborhood watch’ douche. Volunteers for fireguard and thinks he’s Delta Force hunting Al Qaeda. I don’t know about y’all, but if I’m on my way home from the store and some guy – neither in a police car nor uniform – is following me, well, it probably isn’t going to end well.

    • Francis

      April 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      well Trayvon didnt belong to the neighborhood so the watchman followed him to make sure he didnt do anything wrong. Trayvon was the one who turned around and got in Zimmerman’s face. like any other punk would, and then punched Zimmerman and started beating him. Your telling me that’s not grounds for defending yourself?

      • JT

        April 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

        Actually, Trayvon DID belong in the neighborhood. The “watchman” was “captain” of a “neighborhood watch” that was not at all affiliated with the many thousands of legitimate neighborhood watches, so it would seem that Zimmerman was a self-appointed watchman and captain.

        Then we get to the tape which clearly shows the dispatcher giving strong suggestion NOT to follow, but he did so anyway. THEN there’s the whole sketchy bit from Zimmerman about where he would meet the officers, and suddenly this Watchman doesn’t know where he will be. Why? Because he already decided to have a confrontation with the kid.

        Finally, footage showing Zimmerman being brought in shows very clearly that he has NO broken nose, no injuries of ANY kind.

        Seems pretty obvious that his father, the retired Judge, is pulling strings to keep his darling son out of jail. If you missed any of that, you weren’t paying attention and have no legit basis for an opinion.

        • Mike C

          April 11, 2012 at 7:39 am

          So, in your mind, if we dont agree with you then “we missed something” and have no basis for opinion. Got it. Thanks. You, “Sir”, are the problem.

        • Francis

          July 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm

          Do you still agree with your statement? Last I checked, Zimmerman didn’t follow Treyvon. They police dispatcher told him not to so he didnt. Treyvon then came to him. Perhaps you missed something and weren’t paying attention and therefore have no legit basis for an opinion…

      • DOUG

        May 13, 2012 at 6:50 am

        THE KID GOT WHAT HE DESERVED!

    • dan

      April 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      If you actually listened to the 911 call the dispatcher asks him if he is following the kid, he replies yes, the dispatcher then says sir you don’t have to do that, he says ok, just a few moments later he says he is gone, he ran off. He went back to his car where he was before the kid walked up to it then turned and took off running and discussed where he’d meet the police when they arrived.

    • Armed_Soldier

      April 11, 2012 at 11:06 am

      I guess you believed the Media then, since CBS reported the 911 tapes incorrectly; cutting out the part about the little 12 year old want-da-be gang memeber attacking the big old white dude,,,,oh my bad….Hispanic dude…..If you take a closer look the poor old 8 year ol kid really looks like a gang banger if viewed him in real time. Since the news media spliced and diced the tapes you think the poor black kid is the victim. I see the shared responsibilty of both parties, however, If the stand by me law was not on the books, Zimmerman would have been beat’en up and T-von the gang member would have been a hero instead of a zero to his gang buddies and the media would not have said a thing about it. Folks this is an election year and Obama wants Race inserted up into your…..as soon as possible.

      • Chase

        April 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm

        What modern photos make him look like a gang banger? Just because he’s Black and flicks off the camera in one photo?

        You definitely grew up in suburbia or some rural town if you think that kid looks like a gang member.

    • Army Sergeant

      April 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

      To be fair, the 911 dispatcher didn’t say not to follow Martin-he said “you don’t NEED to do that.” That’s a very different point.

      Also, given that Martin was suspended from school for possessing burglary tools and a lot of women’s jewelery previously…yeah, I could see where he might have been acting suspiciously.

    • Marcus

      July 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      That’s fine and dandy, but Zimmerman is not on trial for disobeying a police officer, he is on trial for killing an assailant while under physical assault and threat of critical injury. How he got there is not relevant. What is relevant is that he was attacked without cause and defended himself.

  5. Anthony

    April 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

    The biggest douche in all of this is the politicians. They need to shut their mouths and stop undermining the authority of the law enforcement agencies by using an open investigation as a political platform to further their goals.

  6. Thomas Meiners

    April 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

    The media is the giant douche here. Has anyone seen Bill Cosby’s comments on this. I used to like that guy.

  7. Tammie

    April 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I don’t believe anything the media has to say. Ever. I hate that this case needs attention but Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton have turned it into a photo op and taken away from the importance.

  8. Ross

    April 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Ross Harnevious says all of the above.

  9. Douglas Meeks

    April 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

    The media, no doubt. The few facts that are emerging seem to indicate Zimmerman may have been telling the truth (only if you exclude the idiocy of getting out of the car and following AFTER the 911 operator told him not to do it). the media has already lynched this guy and the Black Panthers put a fking reward on him?? If the KKK had done that the FBI and every federal agency in existence would be looking to lock somebody up. The country seem to be getting more insane everyday.

    • David Beadle

      April 11, 2012 at 8:20 am

      How exactly do you know that the FBI hasn’t begun an investigation of the New Black Panther Party Mr. Meeks? You don’t so your clearly biased opinion regarding that so-called organization is just that, BIASED and without merit.

  10. M Stetzer

    April 9, 2012 at 10:11 am

    The collective douche is the group of people who eat up whatever the media feeds them; taking it as the unquestionable truth; assume that they are “in the know”, now that they have readily accepted the media’s story; and whole-heartedly repeat the convoluted mess to everyone in their circle of influence, as to ensure that everyone they know is aware of this new-found unquestionable truth.

  11. Ranger Stuart

    April 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I think Martin is the douche, and Zimmerman to a lesser degree. The more that facts emerge, the more it appears that Zimmerman was on the defense through most of the engagement. Those who cite the 911 operator as an authority need to realize that a 911 operator is not a law enforcement officer and has no authority to direct actions on citizens. Zimmerman probably escalated the event beyond what was necessary but if he was attacked (as it appears was the case*), then he has the right to defend himself.

    *note, its hard to know at this point since the media has been absolutely douchey about this whole thing.

    • David Beadle

      April 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

      You have a right to your opinion Regnar, however I don’t know of too many “killers” who are attempting to “kill” someone while at the same time screaming and pleading for someone to help them in a manner that seems as if they are completely terrified, which is quickly followed (or silenced) by the sound of a gunshot. Yep Ranger that makes a whole lot of sense to me.

      • Jason

        July 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        Just curious, but I thought a major point was that nobody can tell who was the one screaming? An FBI sound expert stated the audio quality was not conducive to determining age or clear enough to establish who was screaming. Both parties stated it was their side. I’m wondering how you know for certain?

  12. Chris Walcott

    April 9, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Definitely the media. As you said in your article, there’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t add up on both sides. However, the media have so poisioned this case with their sensationalism (e.g., the heavily–and misleadingly–edited 911 call that NBC News ran, the “there’s no injuries–wait, maybe there are” from ABC News, etc)…even if Zimmerman is arrested and charged I refuse to believe that it is possible he can get a fair trial ANYWHERE.

    On a similar note, I don’t think the public comments from the Governor of Florida and the President helped his chances of a fair trial either….

  13. Roy stauffer

    April 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

    the media has been all over this there is really 3 sides to everything his side the dead kids side and the truth …….was he a good kid who knows you know for a fact that his parents are not going to say he was a thug or what ever ,did he need to shoot and kill him who knows if he has the training to shoot to wound i know we do and can but not everyone has the training we do ….
    will he get fair trial HELL no thanks to the media and everything else involved in this case .
    truth is the kid is dead ……..can’t change that now it should be up to the jury to come to the final verdict if he did so in self defence or if it was murder

  14. Ballzy

    April 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The media is most def. the douche. A vet was shot during a basketball game around the same time under the same circumstances and didn’t get any publicity. I hope justice is served but in this case it will probably never be. I hope you get your goat back.

  15. Roy stauffer

    April 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

    the media has turned this into a racial thing and its not

  16. Elaine

    April 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I don’t give a crap what each one of these people looked like… I don’t care if the boy had a tattoo on his forehead that said gangster. Or the person shooting him was a 90 yr old lady. He was told not to go after him and he did anyway. Stand your ground does not mean chase someone just because they are black and wearing a hoodie so they look like they are up to no good. It was raining … He said on the 911 tape that the boy was looking at him… Umm ok are we not allowed to look at people without being shot for it? I would look too if I was a teenage child out in the rain at night and some man is watching me while he is on the phone. What’s odd about a teenager then running away (in the rain ) after being watched by a strange man at night? You didn’t see the boy calling 911 when an adult was watching him at night on his phone.. Though he obviously should have. Know body is sentencing him but we are allowed t give our thoughts about what has happened. If you listen to the actual 911 tapes and not the altered ones on the television Zimmerman did not listen to that 911 operator and decided to put this boy to death based on what he believed was someone who looked up to know good. He didn’t say this boy had a weapon… That he was breaking into a home.. That he was trying to abuse someone.. He simply said he “looked” up to no good. Even if he was up to no good does that deserve being shot by someone who doesn’t have the authority to make that decision? That boy didn’t threaten that man.. He was running away not running towards him.

    • Josh

      July 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Finally a comment that isn’t totally ignorant. This is one thing many are ignoring. REGARDLESS, even if trayvon did attack, Zimmerman provoked him. Personally I’d be both sketched an angry if I was in Martin’s shoes. Lets not forget the MANY previous calls to 911 Zimmerman made and all of them were black males he was calling out. Martin wasn’t a thug, and I know I sound biased on his defense but after reading the facts I’m obviously more on his “side”. The people saying he was a gangbanger need to realize its 2013, and drop the stereotypical racism crap.

  17. Elaine

    April 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I believe this man loves to fight crime in his neighborhood. It isn’t the first time. I think he enjoyed being the local hero one too many times that all he was worried about was being the neighborhood hero once again.

  18. Rotti

    April 9, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Everyone is a fucking douche.
    CNN did a rip off of Jon Stewart’s “Racist Timeout.” It’s worth a google if you want to see a pathetic emasculated white man talk about how he “can’t say the N word because he wasn’t oppressed for decades.” Meanwhile this loud mouth cunt beside him is incoherently ranting, “I can say nigga all I want, nigga nigga nigga!”
    I am so fed up with this double standard EO bullshit. I never owned any goddamn slaves. My ancestors worked their way up from being eastern European dirt farmers. Further, no American alive today can claim they were enslaved by another American, so why in the flying fuck should I have to bend over backwards to accommodate “minorities” (notice how you can’t even say “black” these days if you’re not black) in their seemingly endless quest to invent injustice that they struggle to overcome? I’m talking to you on that point, “Rev.” Jackson, con artist in a “community organizer’s” costume (sound like anyone else you know?).
    Let’s flip the coin: Instead of a black kid, and I use the term “kid” loosely, getting shot in a predominantly white community by a “white Mexican,” whatever the fuck that is, let’s pretend a white kid gets shot and killed in a predominantly black neighborhood. Do you even bat an eye? In fact, if you’re like most people, your assumptions – which Rob has illustrated above to be flawed – are probably along the lines of “that kid must have been up to no good to be there in the first place.” I gauran-goddamn-tee Al Sharpton won’t be wailing away at the atrocities of black on white crime.
    Nobody seems to give a fuck about the facts of the case. Nobody. Sure, your buddy on Facebook might cite something he heard on the news – not facts, again proven by Rob – but the FACTS that we know are as follows: (1) Zimmerman was on a neighborhood watch. (2) Zimmerman called the police. (3) Zimmerman shot Martin. (4) Martin is dead. That’s IT! Everything else has been a maze of brainwashing mental junk food. Does anyone else recall that the frenzy over this incident was ignited before anyone realized Martin was a minority, too? So, what is it? Are Mexicans the new racists? Uh oh, check the playbook Rev., better go back to the drawing board.
    To reiterate my main point, everyone is a fucking douche. I’m sure my rant is going to piss off a few people, but some of you who read it are probably going to think “yeah, that’s how I feel.” If that sounds like you, guess what, you’re a fucking douche too, because you lack the sack to speak your mind and stand up to the utter non-sense the lamestream media tries on a daily basis to shove down your throat until you choke on it! Appeasement didn’t work against Hitler. What makes you think it’ll work to keep white Americans from becoming a social Holocaust?
    And let’s not forget the “racist” Stand Your Ground Law… because clearly a law that applies to ALL LAW-ABIDDING CITIZENS can be racist. What other humanistic traits can we give to inanimate nouns? Is my coffee pot guilty of “reverse-racism” because it never makes white coffee? Nevertheless, here comes two stand up guys (kill me now) in Bloomberg and Schumer to tell us how private gun ownership and the SYG law are the real killers. Like good politicians, they and the Brady Campaign were quick to make sure this tragedy didn’t go to waste.
    Zimmerman may or may not get a fair trial (if he goes to trial). I hope he is treated fairly based on facts of the case if he does, but seeing as how he’s already been lynched in effigy, I doubt that will happen. On a side note, anyone considered the social fallout of him being tried and found not guilty? All I’m saying is white folk didn’t burn down LA after OJ got off.
    Martin, regardless of whether Zimmerman followed him or not (which is in dispute), made the decision to be a tough guy, tried to kick Zimmerman’s ass, and is now dead. I’m not losing any sleep.
    The media, as always and as a whole, is a worthless blight of fuck sauce on the face of its whore… which is you if you buy into what they tell you to think.
    I guess this is the part where I defend myself against charges of racism by telling you all that I like Will Smith movies and have black friends. It’s ok, you can call me racist if you want. All I ask is that you just go fuck yourself.
    //Rotti Out//

    • David Beadle

      April 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Let me tell you what the difference is stud. The difference is when a black man or “kid” shoots a white person. THEY GET ARRESTED AND CHARGED. Even OJ Simpson got arrested, but I bet you were mighty pissed off when he was acquitted. I also bet you wouldn’t feel that way if George Zimmerman gets acquitted.

      Secondly you’re absolutely correct, you didn’t own any slaves but racism is alive and well in this country, to assume it isn’t or that everyone is treated equally in this country, would be not only naive but ignorant.

      Lastly, there is an old saying that goes “two wrongs don’t make a right” just because you saw on T.V. a black woman, yelling the word N word like a fool and as such that meant to you that it was ok for her to use it but not ok if a white person uses it is insane. It’s wrong when ANYONE uses it, regardless of whether they are black or white period. I’m black, a former Ranger and I don’t approve of the use of the word nor do I allow anyone black or white to refer to me in that manner without a verbal correction from me.

      RLTW.

    • Dan

      April 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Excellent rant my friend. Laid it out nicely.

    • Bowyr

      July 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Rotti, I couldn’t have said it any better.

  19. Mike

    April 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    The media is the top Douche,,, the local police department/ initial DA who seem to have turned a blind eye to the facts as presented by the lead investigator are a close second, my hat’s off to the Martin Family who from all accounts i’ve read are MAD as hell but are only asking for the Full investigation and appropriate action. that the Police seem to have neglected..I’m a huge advocate of Stand your ground and former Police officer, But am afraid that the action of mr Zimmerman (if proven to be illegal ) will be a rallying cry for a reforendum on the law.

  20. Ben Price

    April 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Couple of things first, that inverted picture trick would be cute, if not for the fact that isn’t the real trayvon martin, quite frankly nobody has produced an accurate modern picture of Trayvon Martin. So that little reverse juxtaposition isn’t a real portrayal of this. But neither is the Zimmerman in county orange with the 12 year old kid.

    But hey that’s just the emotional tugging of race baiting. Now, let’s get to two facts:

    1) A kid who went to the store for some skittles and Iced Tea was shot and killed.

    2) The man who did it would very much like to undo it. And when you want your bullet back that says it all in a nutshell don’t it? It sure doesn’t sound like he’s going to be able to go “that was the only way” in his head does it? He has an out permanently recorded for public consumption.

    The entire thing wreaks of failure, the media talked up the sensationalism. And George Zimmerman was frankly wrong to do what he did, regardless of legal outcome.

  21. Mark Bryan

    April 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    No, those pictures do not away my opinion on the matter. Men with smiles and ties can pull triggers too. I do my best not to let stuff like that effect how I come to conclusions in fact my favorite source of news is raido because I can’t see anything. If anyone is interested in the topic of subconscious thinking and judgements I suggest the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.

  22. Tamar

    April 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Media For sure!

  23. NaSean Hicks

    April 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Actually it doesn’t change my opinion. I could care less what they look like or what image they “present”. I think whats more important is that his (Zimmerman) went unquestioned (after being told blatantly by the police not to pursue). He should at least be investigated and if needed, given a fair trial. White, black, Hispanic, thug, or businessman doesn’t matter. What the movement represents is the social injustice that seems to trend towards US citizens that seem to be “lesser” than others, and more particularly African Americans. Now, on the image issue. Trayvon was a kid. Kids rebel and sometimes don’t make the best decision (although some are more damaging to their lives than others). With that said, I think it is common that stereotypes play a significant role in prejudice; and in this particular situation, “pre-judging” a young man in a hoodie lead to a fatal shooting. Nicely written article though.

  24. Dan

    April 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    It really amazes me how stupid some people are. Get all your facts before you state your conclusions. If you listen to the actual 911 call the kid who is already under question for being suspicious walks up to his car then turns and takes off running, he tells the dispatcher this, the dispatcher asks if he is following he says yes, the dispatcher then says you don’t have to do that. He says ok, then says he is gone he ran off. He then discusses with the dispatcher where he will me the police when he arrives.

    Now mind you this is a guy who is a neighborhood watch captain appointed by the community who just only like a month before stopped a burglary in progress at one of the homes in that community which just so happens to have been have multiple break-ins as of recently. Now in a situation such as this to be told you don’t have to do that where as being told don’t do that are two completely different things. If someone says to you you don’t have to do you perceive that as them saying not to or you can but also have the choice not to.

    Next, from the time he got off the phone to the time the kid got killed he obviously encountered the kid again. According to the statements in the police report he saw the kid, he then saw the kid run around the back of a building, he then followed where the kid was waiting for him, kid says what’s your problem he says I don’t have a problem kid then says I’m your problem now and attacks him. Let’s get to more facts, the “kid” was almost 6’2″ and weighed 160 pounds, the guy is 5’9″ and weighed around 190. This number of 250 was from that 7 year old mug shot of him.

    If I was carrying and some thug was attempting to bash my skull into the ground I’d do the same thing, shoot. All it takes is for one blow to the head to kill a person. Let’s face the facts this kid wasn’t some angel. He was suspends from school for a drug related issues, he conversed with friends on twitter about selling them weed, he conversed on twitter about assaulting a bus driver.

    All in all the douches in this situation are the media and all those who listen to their lies instead of looking up the facts I.e. police reports 911 calls etc.

    • David Beadle

      April 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Seriously? There isn’t one bit of evidence that suggests or implys that Trayvon Martin ever walked up to George Zimmermans car at any time during the 911 call. I listened to the entire 911 call just to make sure I didn’t miss anything at no point did George Zimmerman state or imply that Trayvon Martin approached his vehicle. I hope to God you’re not in a Ranger unit.

      • Army Sergeant

        April 18, 2012 at 11:40 am

        George Zimmerman stated that it happened after the 911 call cut off, I believe.

  25. Barrett

    April 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Blame it on “The Pentavirate,” the society of the five wealthiest people in the world who run everything, including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as The Meadows. Who is in the Pentavirate you ask? The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, AND Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Oh, I hated the Colonel with his wee beady eyes, and that smug look on his face. “Oh, you’re gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!”

  26. Matt

    April 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Zimmerman was NOT told by the police to stop following Martin. The 911 dispatcher told him that he didn’t need to follow the kid A 911 dispatcher is NOT a cop and has NO authority. The media is the overall douche in this case. They hyped it up to be a race thing when its not. People will always find something to bitch about and will cry foul and scream about injustice any chance they get, which is exactly what is happening here. The bottom line is this. All of the facts of this case are not known, and until they are, nobody will know what really happened except Zimmerman and Martin, one of which is dead. Most of the people bitching about this are just bitching to bitch. Quite frankly, the death of some punk kid down in Florida has no effect on me whatsoever. Call it cold, call it heartless. I could care less. There are plenty of other murders and crimes going on, some that are racially biased, some that aren’t. There are plenty of other injustices going on in this country as well. Is it right? No its not, but shit happens. This really should not be national news. It has no bearing on somebody in, say, Michigan, unless they know the parties involved or someone effected by it. I mean seriously, does this have any effect on anybody, other than the surrounding community and the people involved? People are stupid. Thats the problem.

  27. Doug Fetters

    April 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Having been victimized by the media, I will have to go with the media as the big douche. Not supporting the other two, I would admonish the deceased not to bring hands to a gunfight, not many are that good with their hands. The survivor, never let your opponent get that close.

  28. Matt

    April 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    People are stupid. Thats the problem

  29. Keith

    April 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

    The biggest Douche is the President who shouldn’t have said a thing.

    • David Beadle

      April 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Really Keith? I guess President Lyndon Johnson was a douche too when he spoke out publicly of sending special prosecutors to investigate the murders of the 3 civil rights workers who were killed in Mississippi. The local authorities clearly did not handle this killing appropriately, and it was later determined that the local police had a direct connection to their murders.

      The Trayvon Martin shooting wasn’t handled in a manner that is consistent with the majority of questionable shootings. Proper evidence wasn’t gathered, the primary investigator was overruled when he thought a crime had occurred, the chief of police cited a law that protected George Zimmerman and yet the very author of the bill stated publicly that George Zimmerman was in fact “not” protected by the law.

      This case has had several unusual factors from the very beginning and as a result have captured the nations attention. As a result you believe the President of the United States as it’s leader should have not commented on it at all? You think that’s proper leadership to ignore such an incident that has so many underlying implications regarding race, police misconduct, etc especially since the President appointed a federal prosecutor to investigate the matter, yet he shouldn’t make ANY comment about it?

      The President did not pass judgement, claim that George Zimmerman is innocent or guilty but indicated that it was a tragedy as it is for all involved. That’s called Leadership, whether you like the President or not.

  30. ccws19

    April 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

    When the bullet leaves the barrel it has a lawyer attached to it. The media is the real douche as are those who believe them.

  31. sloan

    April 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Allot of people here are out of touch with how things are on the streets. It is a shame that the truth seems to be irrelevant in this case. The truth be told the crime rate involving blacks is on the rise. Anyone can search the internet and find these facts to be true. So this “story” is “crap” when compared to all the rest of the events that have happened in the last two years. It’s been played up by the media to create even a further racial divide in this country no doubt leading to a larger agenda.
    It’s a shame that things are not getting better it only seems that they are getting worse.

  32. Skipper

    April 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    All of them are Douche. The Black civic leadership involved almost cause riots #uck them to. Look at the crime and solve it.

  33. Doc E

    April 12, 2012 at 8:21 am

    24-hour news agencies (all of them) are honestly the greatest internal threat to American security in this day and age. Yes, we have grave threats of terrorism, recession, unemployment, etc, but 24 hour news agencies, in order to fill an entire day of news, allow just about anyone who calls himself a pundit to have a soapbox on which he can spout pretty much whatever he or she wants to without anyone to check their facts or even the sanity of their statements. And while most people would dismiss their ravings are lunacy, they still hear what the pundits are saying and it sticks in their brain somewhere and they hold onto that crazy idea. American extremists are just as dangerous as foreign ones, and we give them a mouthpiece into which they can espouse their bullshit. And think about it, everywhere you go, one of those news programs is playing. The airport, the bank, the convenience store, pretty much anywhere with a plasma screen TV.

  34. Dan

    April 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    The media is a douche for sure. Al sharpton and Jesse Jackson are HUGE douche bags. And whatever side they take is probably the wrong one, inciting racism apnd the like. It should have been a local matter, truly a tragedy there is no doubt. Did Zimmerman bring the fight on himself? Maybe so. Was Martin prowling around casing the neighborhood for a burglary? Maybe so. If some punk was creeping around my car, my house, my family I would keep an eye on him personally. Do we know all the facts? Doubtful people… I don’t know anything about either man, but someone does. Let the justice system work, without all this bullshit bias pushed onnus by the media.

    I will say this, if George Zimmerman is convicted of murder, we will never be able defend ourselves from attack by another person. They will strip that right to life away from us all, that we should all cower in fear and flee from assailants. Make no mistake about it, just look at England.

  35. Tactical Tom

    April 13, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Cases like this in the media is why I stopped getting my news from the networks.
    The media is a douche for their poor reporting.
    Zimmerman is a douche for his mishandling the situation and possibly overstepping his authority.
    The police are douches for their poor investigation.
    Travon is a douche for going from a self defense position to being the assaulter and putting a life in danger.
    As far as I’ve seen, Zimmerman didn’t draw his weapon until his life was at risk. It’s not like he was following Travon with his weapon out looking for a fight.
    As far as the 911 Op telling someone what to do, just look at that woman w/ the newborn whose home was being broken into by a crazed meth addict. The Op told her not to get her gun, not to shoot the lunatic, and not to defend herself and the baby! How would that incident have turned out if the woman had listened to the 911 Op.
    The facts are that no one who wasn’t there can say what should have been done or not. Every situation is unique which is why the law leaves the decision to the individual in the situation.
    Mistakes were made all around which is why this incident is newsworthy.

    • Pat Knights

      April 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      That’s the thing. Was it about race? We’ll probably never actually know. What the media did was psych it up to be an issue pretty much solely about race so they could gain ratings. Let us not forget MSNBC’s poor editing of the 911 call. The original tape they presented left out the part where the operator asked what the kid looked like and skipped right to the part where Zimmerman said “He looks black.” Everyone also points out that the police said “this” and the police said “that.” Tactical Tom and everyone else that pointed out that a 911 Op isn’t an authority figure is correct. Everyone made mistakes in this situation right from the moment Zimmerman spotted Trayvon. To believe this is solely about race is that part that’s naive as well as possibly ignorant, my friends.

  36. Ken

    April 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    The douche is the mainstream media. The real victim in this case:

    Black people!

    They have been played like a fiddle from day one.

    If you start catapulting out propaganda onto any group who are sensitive about certain subjects no one should be surprised when their reactions might seem abnormally aggressive in response.

    Everybody’s being played.

    The question on a lot of our minds is this:

    Who wanted to stir the pot of racism at this particular time, and to divert attention from what?

    What’s the real shady business going on right now that the powers that be don’t want us noticing.

    Ok, off the soap-box

  37. GW

    April 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I have to blame the media for a lot of these problems because in the time it takes me to write this post…how many kids/teens/adults/whoever will be killed or murdered?
    I feel that the media keeps fanning this and the situation keeps growing and growing, does anyone remember the case of the West Memphis Three???

    Those people attached to the media storm are also in the same boat as far as I’m concerned. Someone posted it earlier and I just wanted to say it again…Why does Spike Lee, Bill Cosby or either one of the “Reverends” have a voice in this case? Also, since when does the new black panther party get to issue threats on national TV?

    But the uglier side of the coin is that we are all ignorant, we get fed bullshit from the media sources (who like to doctor or trump up a story) just so it fits their needs and then we have to filter through it just to figure out the truth. We don’t really know what happened and to be quite honest I don’t think we ever will know. I do recall being in kindergarten and the very nice teacher telling me, don’t lie or make up a story. Tell the truth when something happened to you or when you did something bad.
    I think others have forgotten that.

  38. Gregory

    April 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Public = Douche

  39. That one guy

    June 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    The biggest douche is media. Specifically the biased reporter who writes trolling material to invoke flame wars on his “article”, just so his “articles” get more comments and therefore he gets more views. Seems to me like that type of person is the biggest prick of all. Also Spike Lee is the furthest thing from a “has been”. I swear you just pull adjectives out of your ass for your “articles”. If your going to school for journalism you might want to reconsider your major. Unless of course your aiming to be the next tosh.0, then just keep on being as ignorant as the people you bash.

    • Rob

      June 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Newsflash…I am not a reporter, I am a blogger, and as such not subject to the Association of Adjective Accountability which gives me freedom to douchiferate if necessary. Even though the main stream media may have the scrutiny of an editor, you mean to tell me that my piece is biased and theirs is not? Yeah right!

  40. Ragnar

    July 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Anything the media has done nowadays is a racial problem. This case, the Paula Deen crap, and every small story in between. The media acts like because White people oppressed African Americans back in history, that all whites are guilty and should paid due time for oppressing and being racist.

  41. Ryan

    July 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    The douchetastic media is the root of all evil in this case…playing on the whinnies and wahoos of liberal agenda to restrict gun rights with the added benefit of racist sensationalism to attract a crowd. What about the douchie black guy that abducted and held at knife-point the 2 y.o. white girl in an Oklahoma Wal Mart yesterday? Where is the outrage? Oh, yeah, its okay for that to happen–it’s accepted practice for thugs to take out “whitie”. If he’d had a gun, the headlines might have remained for a day, but the media will forget about this in a week. Good thing he got his brain permanently ventilated for doing so…we won’t be subject to a lame trial years after the fact that’s laced with stories of this man’s “disadvantaged” youth.

  42. David Gravely

    July 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I am going to say that without question the media wins this one hands down. I work for a local hometown style newspaper covering sports, and it sickens me to see the way that some reporters in the “big time” try to sway a story to go one way or the other.

    The bottom line is that nobody, except Zimmerman and those that have all of the actual FACTS and evidence of the case know what happened. When the full facts are presented, then I would hope that the guilty party would be exposed….be that Zimmerman or Martin.

    The biggest problem with most media is that they fail to seperate “news” pieces from “editorial” pieces. News pieces should be the facts of the story, as reported by those involved (police), and should not try to lead the viewer/reader in one way or the other. An opinion piece is just that….an opinion. Too many writers think their opinion is fact.

  43. Brianb

    July 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Well It seems to be that if your white and you say zimmerman is innocent and martin was in the wrong your a racist but if you bring up the NJ intruder and the Walmart baby snatcher from OKC those people were just misunderstood or some idiotic thing like that….I have a awesome conclusion…we all bleed red…lets say these people are all purple and then judge them for what happened?

  44. Scott

    July 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I think all of you are douches.

  45. John q taxpayer

    July 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    We are the douches. Every one of us for getting roped into this and letting the media control us. We control this country the country doesn’t control us. We should all be ashamed, I know I am

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